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    Barefoot Quilters

    While attending classes and retreats, I've noticed that I am not alone in removing my shoes to sew. Although there is a lot of discussion about clutter and pins on the floors of your sewing areas, how many of you sew barefoot? I operate my electric foot petal with my toes, rather than the entire foot. I covered the treadle pedal with a piece of fleece wrapped foam core so I could comfortably operate it. (I miss the treadle. The vintage ladies are still in the trailer from the fair and quilt show displays.)

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    Bare or stocking feet. My shoes are removed before coming into the house.

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    I do just about everything bare footed even though I am not suppose to due to diabetis but, lifelong habits are hard to break especially when you do not want to.lol I no longer go outside without shoes to avoid injuries to feet. I do not think I could sew with shoes on.

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    If I am inside the house I am bare-footed.
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    I will kick off my slipper or shoe to sew.
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    I too operate the foot pedal with my toes, not my foot. And I too have to sew bare foot or stocking feet. I even had to kick off my shoe when I was in the store test driving a new machine! The sales woman swore that the only people that can probably sew with shoes on are those that work in stores selling machines and therefore have to keep their shoes on!
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    I have to take at least my right shoe off to quilt. Have to "feel" that foot pedal
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    I can't sew with shoes on. I have to feel how much I am pushing on the "accelerator"(LOL). And yes, unless it's snowing, I drive with my right shoe off :-)))

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    I wear shoes until I shower and put on houseshoes. I can't stand going barefoot except to sleep. Whatever works.
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    I sew a lot without my right shoe. And, until I had operations on both my feet so that it's painful to walk without shoes, I kicked my shoes off as soon as I got home. I wear slip-ons in the house and even kick them off when I sit.
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    i am barefoot as often as i can get away with it.
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    Barefoot or just socks at my house!
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    We don't wear shoes in the house. You don't have good control of the foot pedal with shoes on.

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    Im just amazed at how many of us sew barefooted! I do to! I thought I was the only 'nut' :-) that went barefoot all the time in the house! Can't stand shoes- take them off the minute I'm in the house.

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    I've always been a barefoot quilter and don't even wear shoes in the house. It feels very awkward to sew with a shoe on.

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    I will have to give this a try. I wear my slippers or shoes all the time.

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    I may sew barefoot at home but would not think of removing my shoes in a class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lillybeck View Post
    I do just about everything bare footed even though I am not suppose to due to diabetis but, lifelong habits are hard to break especially when you do not want to.lol I no longer go outside without shoes to avoid injuries to feet. I do not think I could sew with shoes on.
    I am in the same boat as you with the diabeties. i grew up going bare foot and I still do. I still go outside but am careful. I can still see the bottoms of my feet and check them every night. You learn to keep things off the floor and very careful with pins. I have been quilting at our church and I will go in my stocking feet there.

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    I sew in slippers. We take off our shoes in the house. We also live in Europe. That is common practice here.

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    I think folks sewing barefoot is the norm, but i NEVER go barefoot. I was taught to remove my shoes at the door, but I have "house shoes" and wear them all the time, sewing and not. How different we all are!!!

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    I also sew barefoot. If I'm wearing shoes, I slip one off to press the pedal. It just seems easier to control speed that way.
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    I now have to wear slippers or clogs in the house but when I sew the slipper or shoe comes off my right foot. Even when I go to a quilt class, the shoe has to come off. If I were to test drive a machine, yep, the shoe would come off then too. I'm just extra careful about pins and my rotary cutter.

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    My feet hurt without shoes. I can't even walk in socks without hurting. I wear moccasins around the house and while sewing.

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    Yep, I kick off my slippers when I sew - just doesn't feel right if I don't - its become habit that I don't even notice that I've kicked my shoes off until I get up.

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    I use flip flops in the house, but slip them off to sew.

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